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Pirate Baseball Finishes No. 4 in RPI Index

East Carolina University SID Press Release - 09/24/01

GREENVILLE — The NCAA recently released its final 2001 baseball Ratings Percentage Index and rated East Carolina fourth, the highest RPI rating in school history, behind Miami, Cal State Fullerton, and Stanford. Following the 1999 season, the Pirates were rated fifth in the final RPI rankings.

The Ratings Percentage Index is the official NCAA formula used by the Division I Baseball committee to help select the 64 participants of the NCAA Tournament, while measuring all 282 Division I squads the same way.

It is based upon a combination of a team's winning percentage, strength of schedule and opponents' strength of schedule.

ECU finished the 2001 season with a school-tying record 47 victories, eight of which came against teams rated in the Top 40 of the final 2001 NCAA RPI report. The Pirates also recorded 19 victories in the Colonial Athletic Association, which was rated as the fifth best conference.

The Pirates, under the direction of head coach Keith LeClair, have finished the year rated among the Top 20 in the final RPI rankings each of the past three seasons, the only CAA team to record the feat in league history.

East Carolina will enter its first season as a member of Conference USA in 2002. The Pirates will host the league's championship tournament at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, N.C., where it hosted a NCAA Super Regional against Tennessee this past season.

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